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Climate Change

Canada calls out ‘disruptive’ China in Indo-Pacific strategy [Video]

STORY: China is an increasingly disruptive global power…”Canada described China as “increasingly disruptive” on Sunday, as cabinet ministers outlined the country’s long-awaited strategy for dealing with the Indo-Pacific region.At a news conference in Vancouver, foreign affairs minister Melanie Joly said Canada will be firm in how it engages with China.”Our neighborhood, alongside Japan and South Korea, is facing real security threats from North Korea as it continues reckless missile launches and from China, who continues to challenge international norms.The 26-page strategy released on Sunday, which mentions China more than 50 times, outlined a $1.7 billion boost to its military and cybersecurity spending in the region. In response to increasingly complex threats to Canadian security in both physical and digital spaces, we are investing to promote peace and security throughout the region. We are increasing our military presence, increasing also our naval presence in the region.” But the document said cooperation with the world’s second-biggest economy was necessary to address trade issues as well as some of the world’s “existential pressures,” including climate change, global health and nuclear proliferation.

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Energy

Ukraine power grid under pressure: electricity and heating supply disrupted • FRANCE 24 English [Video]

Temperatures hovered around freezing on November 27 as millions in and around the Ukrainian capital struggled with disruptions to electricity supply and central heating caused by waves of Russian air strikes.#Ukraine #strikes #Russia🔔 Subscribe to France 24 now: https://f24.my/YTen🔴 LIVE – Watch FRANCE 24 English 24/7 here: https://f24.my/YTliveEN🌍 Read the latest International News and Top Stories: https://www.france24.com/en/Like us on Facebook: https://f24.my/FBenFollow us on Twitter: https://f24.my/TWenDiscover the news in pictures on Instagram: https://f24.my/IGen

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Energy

North Korea’s Kim aiming for ‘strongest nuclear force’ [Video]

STORY: Kim Jong Un said North Korea is working towards becoming the world’s most powerful nuclear force. State media reported the leaders announcement on Sunday. It came as he promoted dozens of military officers involved in the November 18 launch of the new Hwasong-17, the countrys largest intercontinental ballistic missile to date. State TV KRT released pictures of Kim and his daughter posing for photos with the military officials, scientists, engineers and others involved in the test. In his order promoting the officers, Kim said building up the countrys nuclear force would reliably protect the dignity and sovereignty of the state and the people. Adding that the countrys “ultimate goal is to possess the world’s most powerful strategic force, the absolute force unprecedented in the century.” Kim also praised the scientists as having made a wonderful leap forward in developing the technology of mounting nuclear warheads on ballistic missiles. In an another report, state news agency KCNA said the Hwasong-17 clearly proved that North Korea is a full-fledged nuclear power capable of standing against the nuclear supremacy of the U.S. imperialists. With the Hwasong-17 able to reach the United States mainland, the earlier test launch prompted Washington to urge the United Nations Security Council to hold Pyongyang accountable for its missile tests. Such tests are banned by Security Council resolutions.

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Sustainability

Climate and justice: The EPA’s action plan [Video]

A conversation with #EPA Regional Administrator David Cash The Environmental Protection Agency is launching a new Office of Environmental Justice and vowing to use its regulatory power to mitigate the impact of climate change and pollution on poor and minority communities. Those sound like bold initiatives — but what do they mean in practice? Join us for a conversation with David Cash, the EPA’s regional administrator for New England, about the EPA’s plans to address environmental injustice on the ground. This event is presented jointly with the Harvard Chan-NIEHS Center for Environmental Health. MODERATORMarc WeisskopfProfessor of Environmental Epidemiology and Physiology, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health SPEAKER David CashAdministrator of EPA’s New England Region Join the conversation on social media by using #harvardchanstudio Subscribe to our YouTube channel @Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

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Mike Morrice: End fossil fuel subsidies and apply a windfall tax on record profits in the industry [Video]

Speaker: Mr. MorriceTime: 21/11/2022 18:45:53Context: Question Mr. Mike Morrice (Kitchener Centre, GP): Mr. Speaker, I appreciate the opportunity to come back to my question to the Prime Minister about the need to address the subsidies being given to the oil and gas industry. I will start by sharing why this is important. The UN Secretary General recently shared with the world the following. He said:We are on a highway to climate hell with our foot on the accelerator. We are in the fight of our lives and we are losing.And our planet is fast approaching tipping points that will make climate chaos irreversible. He went on to say, “The global climate fight will be won or lost in this crucial decade — on our watch.” We also heard from the co-chair of climate scientists making up the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, Jim Skea, who said, It’s now or never, if we want to limit global warning to 1.5°C. Without immediate and deep emissions reductions across all sectors, it will be impossible. While we have those global calls being made, profits in the oil and gas industry are off the rails. Imperial Oil’s, as one example I mentioned to the PM in my question, profits are up and now totalling $6.2 billion in the first nine months of 2022. That is compared to $1.7 billion the same period in 2021. It is four times higher. Why? It is obvious: They are gouging Canadians at the pumps. In the same period of time, we know wholesale margins, or profits, are up 18¢ a litre. I will turn to promises that are being made. The PM was in Glasgow last year at COP26, where he promised to end international financing of oil and gas. That has not happened yet. It is also promised, in the supply and confidence agreement between the Liberals and the NDP, which provides them the confidence of this House, to phase out public financing of the fossil fuel sector, including early moves in 2022. This would be a great time for those early moves. Instead, what we are seeing are new subsidies being added. One example is $8.6 billion more in a tax credit for so-called carbon capture and storage. This is a false solution being peddled by the oil and gas industry, study after study shows. In fact, in 32 out of 40 times this has been tried around the world, emissions have gone up and not down. It is the number one item in the so-called emissions reduction plan. We could also turn to the $10-billion loan guarantee for the Trans Mountain pipeline. We know there are solutions. Number one is to end the subsidies now, all of them. Introduce a windfall profits tax on these excess profits, as I asked the Prime Minister to do in my question, and use the funds to invest in proven climate solution. The Green Budget Coalition, for example, points to deep energy retrofits in residential buildings that would return $2 to $5 in taxes to the public coffers on every dollar spent. In a just transition for workers, the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives is calling for a just transition benefit. The fact is our kids’ futures are at stake. This is about the world they are going to grow up in. I understand the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Finance is with us tonight. I would love to hear him share more about when the government will stop dragging its heels on ending these subsidies.